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Highlights from 2012

Another year of blogging is over, and a new one is about to begin! Thanks to everyone who checked out Wayward Dogs this year. It has been so fun swapping stories with you and learning from each other.

Your comments and likes cheered, inspired, surprised and motivated me not only to blog better but also to live better, for myself, my pets and the world. I hope you took away some of the same feelings as a reader.

I also hope you will continue following the Wayward Dogs journey in 2013. I have lots of plans in the works for posts and projects meant to entertain and enlighten our growing dog-loving community.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

Most popular posts:

Most commented post:

Click here to see the complete 2012 report.

What did you like best about Wayward Dogs in 2012?

If you have a blog of your own, feel free to share a link to one of your own most popular posts in the comments!

Giving thanks


The Internet is not always a friendly place.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I received a friend request from a stranger with a dog-friendly Facebook profile and at least one other dog blogger I know in his friends list.

I clicked accept.

Within seconds, he sent me a direct message. It was menacing. He said he wanted to kill my dog.

I responded by blocking this person from my profile and reporting him to Facebook. There’s no need to respond personally to trolls.

In fact, I wouldn’t even share the story here if it weren’t in such sharp contrast with my experience in general — and especially the past few days — with people I’ve never met in real life but connected with through the Internet, through this blog.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has shared kind words, wisdom, encouragement and offered to help since I announced Charlie Machete returned to Wayward House.


A foster dog coming back is not the worst thing in the world, but our surprise and disappointment at the situation have made for an overwhelming few days. Thank you so much for your comments and support, which have helped keep me sane.

Today marks the fourth day since Charlie Machete came back to our home, and I’m happy to report that things are going great so far.

An initial check from the vet’s office revealed he’s as healthy as he looks. He still weighs in at just over 60 pounds, and he still loves to shake hands and snuggle. (But he doesn’t like getting his blood drawn one bit.)

I’m excited to take him for a walk with the KC Pittie Pack this Saturday where Charlie Machete will get to see some of his old friends and ham it up for Fido Fetch Photography.

I also need to take this opportunity to thank some folks who showed me kindness before we sprung Charlie Machete from death row.

Recently, two fellow bloggers gave us awards.

The first was the lovely Bassa’s Blog, who included us in a list of 52 bloggers — one for every week of the year — acknowledged in an anniversary post.

Bassa’s You Make Me Shine Award isn’t supposed to be passed on. I wanted to publicly acknowledge it because that’s what you do when someone pays you a compliment. You say thanks.

If you haven’t checked out Bassa’s Blog, yet, I urge you to do so. It’s all about the day-to-day experiences of a giant, awesome dog.

The second award we received recently came from Deanna and the pack over at For the Love of My Dogs.


It’s always touching when someone deems you and your work inspiring, and that’s what Deanna did by handing us the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

This one comes with some rules. Share 7 things about yourself and spread the love to up to 15 other inspiring blogs. Here goes:

7 things

1. Tough guy Charlie Machete was pulled from the shelter in Minnie’s old pink gentle leader.

2. I blog about business-y things for my employers at Your Brand Partner.


3. Two almost life-size stuffed dogs that look like Luke and Charlie Machete live at my office.

4. My mom is a travel consulant, and I recently started a new blog to help support her business. More to come on that.

5. The paw paw tree I recently wrote about seemed to die shortly after the post. However, in the past few days it has come back to life.

6. If I don’t plant some roses this weekend, they’re surely going to die.

7. Last weekend, two of my oldest guy friends came to visit, and we went to see the band Pinback.


The Lonely Dogs


Craves Adventure

Not a City Girl Anymore!

Couches for Breakfast

Dogs or Dollars

Our Waldo Bungie

Woof! Tails from St. Simons

Long Life Cats and Dogs

Two Pitties in the City

Heartbeat at my Feet

Fido Fetch Photography

Bassa’s Blog

If you’re seeing a lot of familiar names in here, it’s because I decided to share this award with bloggers who commented on Charlie Machete’s return. I know not everyone participates in these awards or some of you may have receive this one before.

In my book, it’s cool if you break the chain. I just wanted to say THANKS FOR BEING AWESOME. (And that goes for my supporters out there who aren’t bloggers, too.)

This blog has been recognized

Blog awards make me feel funny.

I mean that in a good way.

It’s very cool to know that folks out there are connecting to the thoughts and pictures I put down here instead of responding like this:


Recently, two bloggers saw fit to bestow awards on Wayward Dogs.

Collies of the Meadow handed us a Collies Choice Award, along with some extremely kind words.

Then, just this week, the hilarious Hutch a Good Life passed the Sunshine Award our way.

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

  • Link to the blog that passed it on
  • Answer the questions that come with it
  • Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it

Questions and answers

What’s your favorite number? 17.

What’s your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee – black, fair trade and locally brewed, if possible.

Facebook or Twitter? Do I really have to choose? I’m a heavy user of the social media, and I probably think a little too much about my Klout score. 

Please feed my obsession by ”liking” Wayward Dogs on Facebook.

Follow me, Crystalwayward, on Twitter and Pinterest.

Find me under my real name on Google+.

What’s your passion? Singing silly songs about Scooby. Writing.

What’s your favorite pattern? On a dog – black and tan, rottweiler-style markings. In life, I rather enjoy patterns of time that involve me waking up around sunrise every day near a beach in Hawaii.

What’s your favorite day of the week? Saturday.

What’s your favorite flower? Hibiscus. Or, whatever is currently blooming in my garden.

My Sunshine Award nominees:

Bassas Blog

Town and Country Gardening

Not a City Girl Anymore!

A Heartbeat at my Feet

The House of Two Bows

Couches for Breakfast

The Rufus Way

Dogs or Dollars

Fido Fetch Photography

The Doodlehouse

Thank you so much to Collies of the Meadow and Hutch a Good Life for the blog love! To see more kind recognition received by Wayward Dogs, check out the Awards page.

Who are your favorite bloggers? Name them in the comments!

Nominated for a Pawlitzer Prize

A week ago, I was honored to have this blog recognized by another site dedicated to the well-being of dogs. Iowa Dog Trust nominated Wayward Dogs for a “Pawlitzer Prize.”

The purpose of the nominations is ”to encourage more bloggers to help dog owners around the corner and around the world by offering them quality instruction, information and guidance.”

It really makes me feel good to know that other folks out there believe that we are doing a good thing here. I know my contributions to the cause of animal welfare and responsible living are small compared to the actions of others. I am humbled every day by the wonderful deeds, useful information, beautiful photographs and lovely writing out there in the dog blogosphere.

For a sampling of the sites I follow, check out my posts on the Liebster Award and Versatile Blogger Award.

Here’s a list of the sites I’ve been paying close attention to lately. Please take the time to check them out. And thank you for reading my blog.

1. Fido Fetch Photography – This is the official blog of the dog-umentarian featured here earlier this week.

2. Doggerel – This dog mama to be is spending one year learning everything about dogs (including volunteering at a shelter) before committing to a pet for life. She has awesome taste in doggy duds and literature.

3. Notes from a Dog Walker – Sarcasm and practical advice pertaining to the challenge of walking Dogs In Need of Space (DINOS). Inspirational for our outings with KC Pittie Pack and Friends.

4. Hippie Dogs - Gorgeous photographs and stream-of-consciousness style posts from a spirited young woman and her champion agility dog Revolution.

5. Uptown Dog – The adventures of a Corgi-mix dog and his people, who all recently moved to New York City.

Read these blogs

I felt honored a few days ago when I found out that another blogger had recognized Wayward Dogs as an “up-and-coming” blog. We were dubbed a Liebster Blog by one of my favorite blogs, For the Love of My Dogs.

Liebster means Dearest in German, so the Liebster Blog Award is the Dearest Blog Award. It’s an award intended to recognize worthy, lesser known blogs and to help expose their work. Of course, accepting The Liebster Award comes with a few rules!

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you. 2. Reveal your top five picks {with less than 200 readers} and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog. 3. Copy and paste the award on your blog. 4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite up-and-coming bloggers and keep it going!

And so, I send big thanks and virtual hugs to For the Love of My Dogs. The blog stars the most adorable miniature schnauzer named Harley, whose precious face assists in the sharing of helpful information about best practices for pet owners as well as sweet everyday stories about life as and life with dogs. (Note: I have a soft spot for mini schnauzers because they were my first dogs.)

Next up are the five blogs I dub Liebster Blogs, in no particular order:

1. Sheeple Liberator. Witty and wicked smart, this long-winded blogger calls society like she sees it.

2. Peaceful Dog. Heartfelt, honest and always insightful, this blogger lives in a city I often miss and writes about two subjects I love: dogs and the environment.

3. Our Waldo Bungie. This excellent dog and DIY blog is penned by someone who lives in my same neighborhood and shares a freaktastic amount of other things in common with me.

4.Thunderlutz. Hilarious, twisted, unpredictable, bold.

5. Michael Brian. He posts a gorgeous, artful photo of a dog every single day.

Honestly, I didn’t know that these “awards” existed before I got one. They are sort of like chain letters in that you have to spread them to other bloggers in order to keep them going. But that’s actually a good thing, because it means that other neat blogs receive exposure. So, happy reading and happy blogging, everyone!

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